Sharapova 'proud' of her US Open campaign

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Maria Sharapova rolled into the last 16 at the US Open by overpowering US teen Sofia Kenin on Friday while a wide-open side of the men's draw lost 2014 champion Marin Cilic.

There is no doubt that many eyes have been following Maria Sharapova's every move since she arrived in NY, and the maximum possible number had the chance to do so: all of her matches were scheduled in the biggest arena in tennis, Arthur Ashe.

Playing her first grand slam since the 2016 Australian Open, having tested positive for a banned substance at Melbourne Park a year ago, Sharapova overcame Kenin 7-5 6-2 in NY on Saturday (AEST). "I think there's only a way to show it on the court, because that's what really matters to me".

"I did not see the ball too well at the beginning of the match, I wasn't getting the shots that I wanted", she added.

Sharapova was granted a wild card entry to the U.S. Open after serving the 15-month ban, and the five-time grand slam victor quickly made her mark by dropping No. 2 seed Simona Halep in the first round. "She was playing one of the best matches here".

"I'm very happy to get through".

Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova, who tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, reached the Round of 16 for the 14th time in 15 Slams since the 2011 US Open.

"When you see the stress on the scheduling system because of the sheer number of matches that had to be played, it would be tough for it to be ideal for everyone", said Widmaier.

"I'm a pretty big competitor".

American women continued to shine on a grey Labor Day weekend as the resurgent Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens fought their way into the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Sunday.

Anastasija Sevastova defeated the former world No 1 5-7 6-4 6-2 at Flushing Meadows
Anastasija Sevastova defeated the former world No 1 5-7 6-4 6-2 at Flushing Meadows

The 24-year-old American won for the 11th time in her past 13 matches as she continues her comeback from foot surgery, beating Ashleigh Barty of Australia 6-2, 6-4.

United States ninth seed Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, advanced by defeating Spain's 35th-ranked Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

A victory against close friend Sachia Vickery of Miramar in the next round set up a dream matchup with Sharapova.

But she has responded to the decision by the US Tennis Association by knocking out world number two Simona Halep in the first round and recovering from a set down to beat Timea Babos in the second. Busta will play Diego Schwartzman, while Kevin Anderson also has a golden opportunity to make his first grand slam final after moving into the last eight. "It helped me a lot because I knew I could play well here".

She was broken three times and her 38 winners just offset 33 unforced errors.

"I think Billie Jean King put it best", a beaming Williams told the crowd afterwards. As a matter of fact, Kenin's idol in the tennis world is no other than Sharapova.

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard also let rip at a tournament in Istanbul in April, where Sharapova was given another wild card.

Despite being unranked, Stephens has a great chance of reaching her first Grand Slam semifinal since the 2013 Australian Open. The next two matches she played, she was miles away from the level of the first round.

"The answer to that is to look at the larger scheduling philosophy", said David Brewer, the Open's tournament director, when asked about scheduling Sharapova for Ashe Stadium.

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